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Through a chemistry major at UW-Superior, you’ll study the properties and reactions of the natural and synthetic substances that make up the world around us. Students often choose this major to prepare for research careers, medical professions or careers in other fields that benefit from a solid knowledge of chemistry. UW-Superior’s chemistry program provides the added benefit of small class sizes and doctoral-prepared instructors who are nationally known leaders in their areas of study.


Modern Laboratories

Modern laboratories with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Infrared Spectroscopy, Laser Optics, Biotechnology Instrumentation and more.

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Research Opportunities

With four world-class research institutes and close proximity to Lake Superior, unique freshwater research opportunities are abundant.

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Chemistry majors are eligible to apply for a Swenson Scholarship covering full tuition and book costs for up to four years.

What You’ll Learn

As a chemistry major, you’ll learn how chemical compounds are studied and used in various applications, such as methods to detect and treat disease, alternative energy, food and agriculture, polymers, paints, cosmetics and much more. You’ll also learn how to create and implement experiments while you collaboratively engage with other students and faculty.

Through a major or minor in chemistry at UW-Superior, you will:

  • Understand broad and specific chemistry concepts.
  • Be able to apply, analyze and problem-solve.
  • Utilize and critique a variety of sources of scientific information for reliability and application.
  • Understand, follow, adapt and troubleshoot experimental procedures.
  • Create an innovative experiment or project.
  • Read and evaluate research papers

International Students

STEM Designated Degree Program

For international students, this major is a STEM Designated Degree Program which can qualify you to extend your post-graduation stay in the United States.

I have had the privilege of working with several faculty members on various research projects, which have been very rewarding in guiding my future career plans. Small class sizes make it easy to get to know your professors in a way that would be difficult at larger universities.

Trevor Kubenik, Chemistry

Program Outcomes/Career Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that many new chemistry jobs will be concentrated in these areas:

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Scientific research
  • Scientific development services
  • Secondary education
  • Forensic labs

In addition, abundant opportunities for those who choose to pursue graduate degrees are found within the medical and chemical engineering fields.

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